THE MINISTRY'S BEST RECOMMENDATION YOUR LIFE IS A
II CORINTHIANS 3:1-6
January 26, 2003
INTRODUCTION: The ministry's best recommendation in
Corinth was the lives of the Corinthian converts,
supposedly. The Corinthian believers were lovingly
written on Paul's heart and the Spirit of God had
written the truth on their hearts, making them "Living
Epistles of Christ."
A.T. Robertson, "Professing Christians are the Bible
that men read and know."
There is a great truth here, which is at once an
inspiration and an awful warning; every Christian is
an open letter for Jesus Christ. Every Christian,
whether he likes it or not, is an advertisement for
Christianity. The honor of Christ is in the hands of
We judge a shopkeeper by the kind of goods he sells;
we judge a craftsman by the kind of articles he
produces; we judge a church by the kind of people it
creates; and therefore we judge Christ by His
William Barclay quoted Dick Sheppard as having said,
"the greatest handicap the Church has is the
unsatisfactory lives of professing Christians." When
we go out into the world, we have the awe-inspiring
responsibility of being open letters, advertisements,
for Christ and His Church.
I. THE COMMENDATION. 1
The false teachers accused Paul of not possessing the
appropriate documents to prove his legitimacy. Such
letters were often used to introduce and authenticate
someone to the first century churches.
Paul's point was that he did not need second hand
testimony when the Corinthians had first hand proof of
his sincere and godly character, as well as the truth
of his message that changed them.
1. LETTERS OF COMMENDATION.
Acts 9:1-2, "Then Saul, still breathing threats and
murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the
high priest and asked letters from him to the
synagogues of Damascus, so that if ...
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